Carmel Clay Education Association filed an Unfair Labor Practice with the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board.
Carmel, December 5, 2012: After mediation was unsuccessful, both the Carmel Clay Education Association and Carmel Clay School Board filed their “Last Best Offer” with the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (“IEERB”) on November 18th. The Board’s Last Best Offer would: (1) eliminate the district’s 1% 403(b) retirement contribution, (2) provide no incentive for teacher’s to earn advanced degrees, (3) reduce compensation for many teachers at the middle and high school levels by 5%, and (4) increase the teacher work day without additional compensation. The parties were scheduled to have a hearing before a “fact-finder” on Monday, December 10th at 5pm.
Despite having rescinded and replaced all previous offers with this Last Best Offer, the School Board announced Monday night that another offer remained “on the table.” In the Board’s words, “we made that offer because we thought doing so was in the best interest of teachers, our students, and the public.”
An Unfair Labor Practice complaint was filed alleging that School Board member Andrew Klein, Superintendent Jeff Swensson, and numerous building principals have been communicating directly with teachers regarding collective bargaining issues in violation of Indiana law. The complaint alleges that these actions are being taken in an attempt to undermine the Carmel Clay Education Association’s bargaining rights and to interfere with teachers’ rights to participate in collective bargaining through representatives of their own choosing as guaranteed by Indiana law.
On December 4, 2012 the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board granted a request from the Carmel Clay Education Association for an emergency hearing regarding the conduct of the Carmel administration and School Board and a request to suspend the “fact-finding” process until such time as the hearing can be held. This hearing is currently scheduled for Friday, December 14th at 1pm.
Teachers believe the administration’s actions are egregious and are outraged. A demonstration is planned for today at 3:30pm. Over a hundred teachers will be lining Main Street from Carmel High School to downtown Carmel. Carmel Clay teachers remain as the only teachers in the state without a contract for this school year and are compensated near the bottom of Hamilton County school districts. The Carmel Clay Education Association represents teachers employed under contract by Carmel Clay Schools.